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 By J.p. Tangen    News

Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional

Once again, the Anchorage Daily News has come out with a hand-wringing editorial worrying about the threat of global warming on Alaska. In the meantime, the state Legislature is forming a committee to look into the matter. It seems to... — Updated 4/23/2006

 By J.p. Tangen    News

'What doesn't kill us makes us stronger'

I was reminded of the famous quotation by Friedrich Nietzsche last week when I had occasion to visit the recently completed Pogo mine near Delta. This impressively huge, modern facility will mine gold and pour bars for the next decade... — Updated 3/26/2006

 By J.p. Tangen    News

Mining and the law: Good versus Nimby - the ultimate irony at Pebble hearings

Capitalism is good; its excesses are to be tolerated. Freedom of expression is good; and its excesses are likewise to be tolerated. When a successful capitalist uses his financial power to express himself, it truly represents the... — Updated 2/26/2006

 By J.p. Tangen    News

Barrick's acquisition of Placer Dome bodes well for Alaska

When I heard that Barrick Gold Corp. had made an unsolicited offer on Oct. 31, 2005, to purchase Placer Dome Inc. my first move was to purchase 100 Barrick shares. Although the acquisition was initially rejected, on Dec. 22 a follow-up... — Updated 1/29/2006

 By J.p. Tangen    News

Mining and the law: Got gold? If not, get some

I'm certain that I shall go to my grave without ever having unraveled the mystery of why otherwise bright people are so lacking in the most rudimentary vestiges of common sense. An illustration that proves the point is an article which... — Updated 11/27/2005

 By J.p. Tangen    News

Mining and the law: Hope springs eternal as congressman seeks to sell units of Alaska parks

For those who thought radicals wore their baseball caps with the bills firmly cocked to the right, a leak out of the U.S. House of Representatives Resources Committee proved that the green men and women of the environmental movement can... — Updated 10/30/2005

 By J.p. Tangen    News

Mining and the law: Severance taxes on hard rock mining is a bad idea

There has recently been a great deal of talk about how the hard rock mining industry in Alaska "needs to pay its share." One proposal is that this industry should be singled out for the imposition of a severance tax. In discussing this... — Updated 9/25/2005 Full story

 By J.p. Tangen    News

Reflections on ANILCA redux XXV

In the waning days of his administration, then President Jimmy Carter passed through Anchorage en route to a meeting in Asia. His shocking and draconian use of the Antiquities Act to implement his vision of how Alaskans should be... — Updated 7/24/2005


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